Rawalpindi - The school-going children, older people and other residents of Dhoke Kala Khan are at great risk of falling into uncovered manholes, as authorities concerned have not covered the manholes after carpeting streets and roads in the area.

More than three-dozen manholes in various streets of Dhoke Kala Khan are uncovered and at nights, it becomes more dangerous and lethal for pedestrians.

The residents while talking to The Nation on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the open manholes in streets, saying that carelessness of concerned authorities could lead to loss of precious human lives.

Residents have tried to cover some of the manholes with old tyres, pieces of wood and branches but all in vain, as many children received injuries after falling into the open manholes, they said.

Shahnaz Zulfiqar, a housewife, said that open manholes were posing a big threat to pedestrians, schoolchildren and the elders. “The holes are quite big to put everyone in danger,” she said.

So far a total of seven children had sustained multiple injuries and fractures after falling into the manholes, said Asma Bibi, Mukhtara Satti and Sajida Bibi. “We have lodged several complaints with authorities, besides requesting the elected representatives, to cover these manholes,” the housewives added.

They said that they always remained worried whenever their children were out of homes. They said it was not easy to confine children to homes, as teh children went outside for playing games, besides schooling.

The residents demanded of tehsil municipal officer, Rawal Town Municipal Administration and elected representatives to pay due attention to the matter and cover the open manholes, which may lead to more serious mishaps.

Raja Hanif Advocate, member Punjab Assembly of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz),  and  tehsil municipal officer, Rawal Town Municipal Administration,  were not available for their comments on the issue.